Program Focuses on the Civil War Submarine, C.S.S. Hunley

On Sunday, September 9 at 2:30 p.m., Barbie and Bush James will launch the fall schedule at the Muncy Historical Society’s 40 N. Main Street location.

Charleston, S.C. (Jan. 28, 2005) – Civil War Confederate submarine Hunley conservators Philippe de Vivies, left, and Paul Mardikian remove the first section of the crew’s bench at the Warren Lash Conservation Lab in the former Charleston Navy Shipyard, S.C. Archaeologists and conservators are hopeful that once the bench is removed, they will discover new Hunley artifacts. (Photo courtesy of Naval Historical Center.)

The C.S.S. Hunley was a submarine of the Confederate States of America and the first to sink an enemy ship during the Civil War. On February 17, 1864 Hunley attacked and sank the enemy ship, the USS Housatonic which was on Union blockade duty near Charleston. Soon after, Hunley sank for unknown reasons, killing all eight of her crew. The Hunley was discovered in 1995. An intensive underwater archaeological investigation and excavation culminated with the raising of the Hunley in 2000. The position of the remains of the eight crew members indicated that the men died at their stations.

Bush and Barbie James will present a brief history of the Hunley’s military endeavors before sharing their filming of the funeral taken when the remains of the crew were laid to rest at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina on April 17, 2004. Tens of thousands of people attended the service including some 10000 reenactors and civilians dressed wearing period clothing.

The Society’s meetings and events are always open to the public. Museum tours begin at 1:30 on meeting days and light refreshments are served immediately following the program in the colonial kitchen.